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Garth Stein

Garth Stein

Garth Stein's newest novel is A Sudden Light, published by Simon and Schuster in September, 2014.  He is the author of three previous novels:  Raven Stole the Moon, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and The Art of Racing in the Rain. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies, has been translated into 35 languages, and has spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list.

It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children's picture book adaptation (2014), a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture. 

Garth is also the author of a full-length play, Brother Jones, which had its premiere in Los Angeles at Theater of Angels in 2005, and was described as "brimming with intensity," by The Los Angeles Weekly.  Brother Jones served as inspiration for Garth's latest novel, A Sudden Light.

Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for reading.  In 2010, The Novel: Live!, a Seattle7Writers event conceived by Garth, brought 36 authors together to write a novel in 6 days before a live audience at Seattle's Richard Hugo House.  The writing marathon was simulcast on the Internet, drawing a global audience.  Designed as an entertaining fundraiser with an educational component, the result of TN:L! was published by Open Road Media in 2011 as Hotel Angeline:  A Novel in 36 Voices, and continues to sell as an e-book and paperback.  One hundred percent of the authors' proceeds is donated to literacy.

 Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth's ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for 18 years, Garth returned to Seattle in 2001, and lives there currently with his wife, three sons, and their dog, Comet.


"We were blown away by Garth's showmanship and professionalism last weekend! We had brought enough books to sell three times the amount that we sold for the event last year, but underestimated the great, far-ranging appeal of the book to the community, and ran out!"
-- Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins Reads

"Attendees were thrilled to hear humorous stories of [Garth's] life, his family and how he writes… Garth is a big supporter of libraries and seemed to really enjoy visiting with our Friends of the Library and talking with them one on one as they were given his newest book and provided time to have Garth sign it for them.""
-- Cindy Mares, Arapahoe Library District

"Of all the books and authors we've worked with, The Art of Racing in the Rain is at the top of our list of favorite community read titles and Garth is one of our favorite writers. There is a long tail when the book, the author and the marketing fit together perfectly. The Art of Racing in the Rain and Garth Stein have that quality. Garth is one of the best. He is a terrific speaker and performer who really knows how to play to the audience. A perfect example was his interaction with the students from our Studio 60093 film program, an invitation-only workshop Garth led. He responded to their antics and their enthusiasm with the ease of a professional and a father. After the program, one student told us the workshop was a "once in a lifetime experience."
-- Juliann Janovicz, One Book Two Villages

"Garth just left - it was a wonderful 2 days! He spoke to 160 people at the luncheon yesterday, about 1,500 people last night, and about 300 high school students this morning. He was fantastic! You could have heard a pin drop at all his presentations. He has the gift of appealing to a whole community of readers - from 14 to 85."
-- Susan Allison, Richardson Reads

"Can I just say, "AMAZING"? The event last evening was well received by the public, students and staff. My boss who chatted with Mr. Stein in the green room, before the event came and told me, "He is so cool!"; I have never heard my boss so excited about a presenter/presentation. Already I have received emails this morning (sent last night) full of praise, delight and confirmation that having Mr. Stein on campus has made "The Art of Racing in the Rain" alive to the readers. Students have informed me that the classes established around the book have been "...the best ever!" "
-- Bobbi Cullinan, St. Petersburg College

"KIRKUS REVIEW Traffic may not daunt the race car-chasing dog, but Halloween certainly does. It doesn't help that Zoë gets Daddy to tell all about Halloween "the scary way." Denny turns off the lights, puts a flashlight under his chin, and tells of ghosts and spooks running through the neighborhood. The little dog thinks, "It's going to take all my energy to protect us from this impending invasion." His tongue-in-cheek first-person (first-dog?) narration provides an unusual perspective on Halloween. For instance, he believes that the jack-o'-lantern Zoë and Denny carved has put an evil spell on his humans (both white), transforming them into a fairy princess and a scarecrow. But the last straw for the dog in the green dragon costume is when his barks cause everyone to run away—from him. To save them, he runs away himself. It is only when Zoë finds him and finally explains that Halloween is dress-up that Enzo loses his haunted and hangdog look, and the night ends on a loving note. Alley's artwork uses pen and ink, pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and spilled coffee to create joyful family scenes that revolve around Halloween fun—few pages will be truly frightening for young readers, but they will understand Enzo's fear, nonetheless, which is clear in his body language and facial expressions. Though his story is a bit wordy (but well-suited to a read-aloud), few will be able to resist Enzo's charm. (Picture book. 4-8) https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/garth-stein/enzos-very-scary-halloween/ "
-- Kirkus Reviews, Issue: August 1, 2016, Kirkus Reviews, Issue: August 1, 2016

"We're getting very excited about having Garth visit the Kitsap Regional Library on February 11th and March 4th. We announced the book as our One Book One Community choice for 2017 on Sept. 1st 2016. Demand for the title was immediate across all formats, the library's 302 print copies have been checked out 1436 times so far, the 99 ebook copies - 650 times, the 51 audio books - 262 times, and the 90 digital audio books 345. These numbers don't include all of the books that were given out as prizes for those adults who participated in our Summer Learning reading challenge (reading at least 10 hours between May-Sept.) We anticipate that the numbers will continue to grow through January and February as our book discussions and events kick off."
-- Sarah Jaffa, Kitsap CRP - WA

"Garth Stein's introduction was spiritual in reviewing civil discourse, the institutions that sustain our society and the importance of supporting these ideas. He was a keen supporter of public servants- especially librarians and teachers"
-- Patti Littlhales, Newport Library Foundation - Newport Reads - Oregon

"Garth Stein had the audience in his hand with stories about his personal life as it steered his writing and the incidents in The Art of Racing in the Rain and a Sudden Light. The personal overtones and possibilities of spiritual encounters was both thought provoking and personal."
-- Patti Littlehales, Newport Library Foundation - Newport Reads - Oregon



For more about Garth and his works, go to http://www.garthstein.com


Videos featuring Garth Stein

Garth Stein discusses The Art of Racing in the Rain






Garth Stein Introduces A SUDDEN LIGHT